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Woman killed in Va. tractor-trailer accident

A Massachusetts woman who got out of her car after pulling over to the right shoulder at the Springfield interchange was killed Sunday afternoon when a tractor-trailer hit her, police said.

Virginia State Police said traffic had backed up on the exit ramp from Interstate 495 west to Interstate 95 south just before 2 p.m. when the tractor-trailer, a fully loaded car carrier, swerved to the right shoulder to avoid hitting a car that was slowing to stop.

The tractor-trailer sideswiped the woman's 1998 Plymouth Voyager on the right shoulder, struck the woman, went back into traffic and hit a sport-utility vehicle.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Officers identified her as Elizabeth P. Lyman, 68, of Fairhaven.

It could not be learned why she was in the Washington area. The exit ramp was closed for about an hour before one of the lanes was reopened about 3:15 p.m.

-- Josh White

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 12, 2010; 8:01 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Josh White , Traffic Accidents  
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Any chargers for her murderer? These tractor-trailers are the worst.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 12, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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